I've searched the web, the fender site, done a forum search here on TB. Good info, but it doesn't answere my question. Maybe U can help. Fender j bass # on headstock is S88xxxxx. All info I can find would date this @ around 77-79 IF the S8-were followed by 5 digits, not 6. Cant find anything eles to help.

Yep, i wanted to make that joke too. Now an actual post related to the original question. I remember dating my friend's strat we had a similar problem. He had been told it was an 83 or something like that. Well, I pulled up some serial dating sites and when we put in the serial it was off by a few years. Then we counted the number after the letter and it matched up so...Do that and be happy

Couldn't tell if this will help from what I saw of your serial number type, but try this site. http://www.rexc.com/services/datingfender.htm

the following site is usually helpful http://www.provide.net/~cfh/fender2.html http://www.provide.net/~cfh/fender.html#serial I'll post some details and interject Serial Number on Peghead Decal. U.S. made Fenders, starting in mid-1976 has the serial number on the peghead. Note the following number could be off as much as two years. Generally speaking, a "S" prefix equals the 1970's, "E" prefix equals the 1980's, and "N" prefix equals the 1990's. Note "E" and "N" prefix models are sometimes also Japanese-made (see below). 7600000 ("76" in bold) = 1976-1977 800000s = 1979-1981 1000000 to 8000000 = 1976-1981 (7 digits) S1 to S5 + 5 Digits = 1979-1982 S6 + 5 digits = 1976 S7 + 5 digits = 1977-1978 S8 + 5 digits = 1977-1978 YOU HAVE * + SIX DIGI SO PROBABLY NOT 78 In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors. The serial numbers do not reflect this change - Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes. The new Fender did not acquire any physical assets of the old company, just the name "Fender". Hence during 1985 to 1987, production of Fender guitars was only done in Japan, while USA Fender created a new factory in California. The Japanese-made Fenders do have some slight serial number differences (typically a "J" serial number prefix). N9 + 5 digits = 1990 N0 + 5 digits = 1990-1991 N1 + 5 or 6 digits = 1991-1992 N2 + 5 or 6 digits = 1992-1993 N3 + 5 or 6 digits = 1993-1994 N4 + 5 or 6 digits = 1994-1995 N5 + 5 or 6 digits = 1995-1996 N6 + 5 or 6 digits = 1996-1997 N7 + 5 or 6 digits = 1997-1998 N8 + 5 or 6 digits = 1998-1999 N9 + 5 or 6 digits = 1999-2000 DZ0 or Z0 + 5/6 digits = 2000 DZ1 or Z1 + 5/6 digits = 2001 DZ2 or Z2 + 5/6 digits = 2002 DZ3 or Z3 + 5/6 digits = 2003 DZ4 or Z4 + 5/6 digits = 2004 DZ5 or Z5 + 5/6 digits = 2005 Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal Note the lack of S, E, N series. These are reserved for U.S. made Fenders in their corresponding decade. BUT note that the "E" and "N" series does sometimes appear on "made in Japan" models. I believe this was a mistake on Fender's part using the same prefix for both U.S. and MIJ-made guitars. In any case, if it says "made in Japan", then it is... JV + 5 Digits = 1982 to 1984 SQ + 5 Digits = 1983 to 1984 E + 6 Digits = 1984 to 1987 A + 6 Digits = 1985 to 1986 B + 6 Digits = 1985 to 1986 C + 6 Digits = 1985 to 1986 F + 6 Digits = 1986 to 1987 G + 6 Digits = 1987 to 1988 H + 6 Digits = 1988 to 1989 I + 6 Digits = 1989 to 1990 J + 6 Digits = 1989 to 1990 K + 6 Digits = 1990 to 1991 L + 6 Digits = 1991 to 1992 M + 6 Digits = 1992 to 1993 N + 6 Digits = 1993 to 1994 O + 6 Digits = 1994 to 1995 P + 6 Digits = 1995 to 1996 MAYBE Q + 6 digits is 1996-1997 and S + 6 digits is 1997-1998 does it look vintage or slightly younger someone could probably id it on hardware evolution alone Other Fender Serial Number Schemes. Fender has recently (in the last 20 years) introduced LOTS of different serial numbers schemes, depending on the country the Fender was made (USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, etc). Not all schemes are covered here! Sorry, since I do not collect new Fenders, I don't really keep track of these things. Below are some examples of letter prefixes used in recent serial number schemes.

sorry error on my end R + six digits 1997-1998 S + six digits 1998-1999 does it look like a 6 year old bass?